Thursday morning at 1 am I awoke to rollover…and then had my first contraction of real labor (I had been having some “practice contractions” or crampy Braxton Hicks contractions off and on since Monday night). I got up to use the bathroom and then climed back into bed assuming it was not labor. When another came, and then a third that made me have to get up and change positions I thought, this isn’t IT…is it? I figured if I changed my activity and it wasn’t labor the contractions would fade and I’d go back to sleep. Well, not long after, I was moaning and leaning on the bed during each contraction they were all pretty strong and possibly getting closer together. My moans woke chase up and he almost immediately asked “are they getting stronger longer and closer together?” I said “I don’t know for sure” and he hopped out of bed and started getting dressed. He called my mom and she came right over. Chase texted Kathy, our midwife, to let her know we’d be on our way soon. Once mom got here and Chase had my bag in the car, he came back in and I told him I just wanted to make sure I was in labor for sure. He asked “did you have another contraction while I was at the car, and another when I came in?” I answered yes. “You’re in labor, let’s go”, he told me. So with that, we headed to Tennessee. That was about 2:00am by then I believe. I was glad once we got off of our windy road and onto the interstate. The car ride didn’t slow labor down at all. Once we got to Kathy’s she checked my blood pressure, listened to Beckham, and was watching to see how I was doing and coping with the contractions. She recorded info that she needed to, and then after about 5 contractions I got into the tub that she had waiting for me. Ahhhhh! That felt so good! I’m guessing I got into the tub around 3:30 or so. My contractions were getting stronger and about an hour later, -maybe a little less- I felt that familiar pressure in my bottom and thought “wow! He’s coming already!” And sure enough at 4:40am he was born. Let’s just say it’s a good thing Chase was sensible enough to make the decision to leave when we did! I won’t question him next time ;). As soon as Beckham was delivered kathy handed him to me and a couple of seconds later he let out a huge scream. A wonderful sound! Perfect little squishy ball of newborn baby…all ours! After the placenta was delivered and his cord was ready to be cut, I got to cut his cord and then he went to Chase while I bathed off. Kathy helped me out of the tub and I got on my robe, climbed into the bed and got cozy with my baby for a while. Kathy made us some breakfast while I nursed him. He latched on right away and had a great suck reflex! Kathy had a concern about his oxygen levels so she checked it and it wasn’t hitting quite the level she wanted it to. She decided to use his other foot and he passed the test quickly. Overachieved it even. (The foot she had originally tested it on was hanging down and in the same position for a while which caused the low score). Chase held Beckham while I used the bathroom and then Kathy gave us the thumbs up to go home whenever we were ready, but no rush. We got home around 9 that morning and then got to introduce him to our Ruthie. She LOVES him!! 🙂
God is so good and we are so thankful that he blessed us with another safe homebirth delivery and healthy baby boy.